Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade

“America’s Largest Balloon Parade”

When: December 26, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown San Diego

The scenic, bayside streets of downtown San Diego will come alive with the 2014 Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade – a National University Holiday Bowl Production. As always, this exciting family event brings together world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons-more than any other parade! Over 100,000 street-side spectators will enjoy the parade along with a nationwide television audience.

Parade festivities will begin in the television area with the finals of the 17th annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals and the Bumble Bee Seafoods 5K.

The parade telecast is produced by Cox Communications and can be seen locally on Channel 4 San Diego. The parade will also be televised nationally.


You could be a star in the parade! Southwest Airlines invites all San Diego County students (grades K-5) to send in a drawing and brief description of their answer to the following question:

“If I could fly anywhere in the United States, I’d go…”

The winning entry will have a float built based on their drawing. The winning student and their family will be invited to ride on the newly-constructed float in the nationally televised Port of San Diego Big By Balloon Parade, presented by U.S. Bank! Entries will be judged on the best and most creative family drawing and best description of the favorite vacation.

Click here for Contest Rules & Prizes!

Click here for Parade FAQ’s.
Click here to view the 2014 Parade Route.

For information about parade-day transportation, visit www.sdmts.com.

Parade day wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the wonderful attractions and restaurants that the Port of San Diego has to offer.
Click here for exclusive parade-day discounts and promotions!

Parade Grandstand Tickets……………………. $20.00*

*A $2.00/event processing fee will be assessed to your order.
**NOTE: All orders placed after December 12th will not be mailed. If you placed your order after December 12th, then your tickets will be held for you at the event Will Call.

Other Seating Notes
1) There is no assigned seating in the grandstands. A ticket guarantees you a seat, and the seats are first-come, first-served.
2) If sitting on your lap, children ages 3 & under do not require a ticket.